"extremely moot"

Jerome Foster funex79 at CHARTER.NET
Thu Apr 21 19:49:22 UTC 2005

M aybe they meant "mute."

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Smith" <jsmithjamessmith at yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:20 AM
Subject: Re: "extremely moot"

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> "Moot" means arguable, open to debate, extremely moot
> - extremely arguable; that the Essenes lived at Qumran
> is not accepted as fact by the writer.  A law school
> Moot Court is a place for debate, not a place for
> stating foredrawn conclusions, but because they
> usually debate cases that have been decided, the
> outcomes of the arguments have no weight, therefore
> the secondary - somewhat contradictory -  meaning of
> "moot" as not significant.
> --- Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU> wrote:
>> I read a claim that whether Essenes lived at Qumran
>> was "extremely moot." That
>> collocation struck me as odd, not only because
>> Essenes lived at Qumran, but
>> because it seemed to urge irrelevance, to mix
>> indifference and warning. Google
>> tells me the collocation isn't new. Any thoughts?
>> Stephen Goranson
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